by David Cohen

There's nothing more difficult to drive than a big car that drives seven passengers, but when it comes to the 2013 Flex Limited AWD driving is easy. Because of it’s size, and it’s unique look, the Flex stands out in a big “way” anywhere, simply because there is nothing else like it. 

With linear, simple, and  clean lines the Flex is bold, boxy, contemporary, distinctive in style, and innovative in design. 

With a spacious room the cabin offers all 7 passengers plenty of leg room, making any long trip a comfortable and easy ride.  The ambient lighting feature allow you to create an atmosphere and offers 7 different moods : Ice Blue, Orange, Soft Blue, Red, Green, Blue, Purple. You can add colorful accents in the front and rear footwalls, front center console bin, and front two cupholders. 

The Flex Limited comes with The Sony® Audio System that can kick out 390 watts of power through 12 premium speakers in ten locations. It has a Voice-activated Navigation System with integrated SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link.  It combines a Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with 3-D mapping that provides voice-guided to any turn you’ll make.  The SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link  provide a complete traffic information, weather forecast, gas station and theater locations with movie listings, times and cost.  After the trial expires, you will have to buy a package subscription for this service.

The Flex Limited comes with a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 that combines direct injection and dual turbocharger technology, and deliver the performance of a V8 and the fuel economy of a V6.  With 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, the EcoBoost V6 engine creates better traction and better way to handle the All-Wheel Drive.

Your choice of drive mode, engine and suspension depends on the way you use the vehicle. To make it easier on drivers, the technology used in Ford engines will do some of the thinking for you by narrowing the gap between power and fuel efficiency. The same was done with safety, Ford built into the engine an advance supplementary devices making safety a priority.  

The sleek 2013 Flex Limited AWD is not a car for everyone, but it is fun to drive and will generate many looks and comments, and somehow can put you in the center of attention for only $42,570.